Family and friends gathered Saturday to honour Rob More, one of six victims in last September’s bus-train crash, at one of his favourite spots — the Canada Agriculture Museum at the Experimental Farm.
More and five others were killed on Sept. 18, 2013 when an OC Transpo bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train in the south Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven.
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A bench now sits at the museum in honour of the 35-year-old More, who also worked there for four years from 1999 to 2003.
"He came with a wicked sense of humour, a fierce pride and dedication to the farm. He really felt like he was making a difference to the farm, and he was," said Kerry-Leigh Burchill, the Director General at the Canada Agriculture museum.
Before working at IBM for 12 years, Rob More loved working with the dairy cows, his father Michael said.
Michael spent some time Saturday sitting on Rob’s bench and thinking about his passion for farming.
"He really enjoyed it here and he became a little bit of a farmer,” said Michael More.
Museum job helped Rob More engage with others
Rob More had cerebral palsy, which made it a challenge to find work. The organization Live, Work, Play helped him out and many of its members befriended Rob.
They and many family members and friends saw Rob’s bench for the first time.
"I think working at the museum gave him a lot of confidence and eventually led to his willingness to entertain employment with IBM where he had a great 10 years as a valued staff member," said Keenan Wellar, a co-leader at Live, Work, Play, which helps people in the community who have intellectual disabilities.
That job also helped Rob get out and engage with people, Michael More said. He also said the family really misses Rob’s spirit.
Rob More’s family is one of three families suing the City of Ottawa and the bus driver, David Woodard, for damages suffered from the bus-train crash. One survivor has also launched a lawsuit.